Each year McHacks is proud to welcome a diverse group of students from across North America for a jam-packed weekend of hacking. For 24 hours, over 500 of the best and brightest students will gather on McGill's downtown campus, to create innovative and unique hacker projects. Whether you're writing your first line of code, playing around with APIs, or working to build your first start-up, McHacks is the place for you.
McHacks 11 offers beginner-to-pro workshops, mentorship, as well as delicious meals and a place to sleep. We hope you’ll join us this winter for an exciting eleventh edition of Canada’s first and favourite hacker project launch pad!
McHacks 11 is a non-themed hackathon. You are free to build any project you desire. You must create a Dev Post for your project prior to the end of the hacking period. Each project is automatically entered for the Top 3 Hacks prize.
You must include videos, photos, or screenshots of your working product.
You must include a link to your source code (GitHub, etc.).
If you would like to enter any other prizes that are not the Top 3 Hacks, you must tag the prize name(s).
All teams must submit their check-in forms at the designated times.
All projects must be submitted before the end of the hacking period.
$CAD16,075 in prizes
Top 3 Hacks
The mega insane hacks you wish you thought of first.
The team in first place gets a $1500 total cash prize and 4x 1 year of NordVPN, NordPass and Incogni. Each team member in second place gets an MSI PRO MP251 24.5" monitor.
Each team member in third place gets an Anker Soundcore Boost Bluetooth speaker.
All teams will receive an MLH winner pin for each member.
Leverage technology to build a more environmentally and socially sustainable future (TELUS)
At TELUS, we strive to challenge ourselves and those around us to seek innovative ways to drive positive change - from building stronger communities and helping those who need it most to ensuring equal access to technology and driving innovations in healthcare and sustainability.
In this challenge, we’re looking to leverage technology innovation to help us build stronger communities.
Some project topics could include:
- Improving accessibility to basic human needs
- Healthcare, agriculture, food, shelter, clothing, safety, education, employment
- Support resources for individuals and community groups facing social issues
- Gender inequality, racial inequality, poverty, mental health
- Social engagement and connection
- Helping students to get back to in-person activities
- Helping seniors to become more involved in community activities
- Helping local businesses recover from the pandemic
The winning team will be awarded a $150 Amazon gift card per participant
DevSecOps Challenge (CSE)
From development and testing to deployment and monitoring, implementing DevSecOps best practices lets you deliver better code, faster. Using new or existing application code, demonstrate a complete CI/CD pipeline that builds and deploys an application while incorporating tools and best practices such as: GitHub, pre-commit / pre-push hooks, branch protection rules, automated security and secret scanning (e.g. GitHub Advanced Security, Dependabot), Automated static or dynamic security tests, Automated test suites with code coverage reports, Pipeline secret management, Anything that improves the security, velocity, or reliability of the software process
The winning team will be awarded with 50$ Amazon gift cards
Best Use of Starknet
Starknet is redefining the very notion of Web3 by tackling one of the most intimidating technical challenges in the industry - scaling a blockchain while maintaining its security and decentralization.
Starknet was the first general purpose ZK-Rollup service on Ethereum in Feb. 2022, and has proved its potential to be a market leader. Essentially, it increases the processing speed, while reducing the cost of operating on the Ethereum blockchain.
As a result, we are seeing a variety of “traditional” tech businesses - payments / social media / AI / online gaming - now being integrated with blockchains using our technology.
Moreover, the Starknet community is a growing pool of global talent - from feisty college students to some of the most illustrious PhDs in the world.
Best Domain Name from GoDaddy Registry
GoDaddy Registry is giving you everything you need to be the best hacker no matter where you are. Register your domain name with GoDaddy Registry for a chance to win a Hack from Home Kit! Each Kit contains wireless earbuds, blue light glasses, selfie ring light and a pouch for easy transport.
Best hardware project (Hackster.io)
Create the best hardware related project
The winning team will be awarded Hackster.io kits
Best Use of Flow
Best Use of Kintone
Best AI Application Built with Cloudflare
Cloudflare is one of the world’s largest networks enabling hackers like you to build, deploy, and deliver trusted applications, no matter where you are! With Cloudflare, you’ll have all the building blocks to create a full-stack application; from C3 instance deployment to object storage. You can even run machine learning models in the cloud and leverage your AI functionality via API requests using Cloudlfare’s Workers AI! Enjoy Cloudflare’s generous free tier to get started at no cost! This weekend, we want you to build an AI Application utilizing Cloudflare’s numerous services for a chance to win Arduino Student Kits for you and your team!
The hack that shows what it is like to be a true gamer at heart <3 Adventurous, silly or whatever it may be, this prize is for the most fun and creative game dev hack.
Best Newbie Hack
Every seasoned hacker was once a newbie and we love seeing what the freshest talent on the block has to offer! This hack was made by a first-time hackathon team (at least half of the team must be first-time hackers)
Got an eye for design? The winner for this prize knows the difference between ugly and pretty and will be awarded with the title of most aesthetic hack.
Gross profit this, net profit that. Business talk here, buzzwords there. This hack has the most potential to be a start-up. And who knows, maybe we'll see you on Shark Tank one day.
We hate how much we love this hack. Maybe it'll make the world a worse place or create solutions for problems we didn't know existed. Regardless, this is the best hack in the worst of ways.
You've definitely been to a protest or two. Or maybe your biggest passion is saving the world. This prize is for the hack that is the most progressive.
Best Useless Hack
You love building programs as practical as those in your intro level comp sci assignments. This hack has the least amount of potential in any practical application, but that's totally cool! We love it anyways.
Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:
Creativity and Originality
Is this hack something new? Is it a creative use of technology? Is it a novel idea?
Which technologies did you use? How technically challenging is it? Which part of the project did you make? (Non-API)
Enjoyment and Polish
Is the hack fun to use? Is the interface polished? Is the user experience fun to use?
Practicality and Usefulness
Is the hack useful? Does it raise social awareness or promote environmental sustainability?